When I think about what it looks like to send people into battle, I envision really strong, really prepared men. I imagine them clothed in the most magnificent armor and equipped with the sharpest swords and toughest shields. However, I do not think this is what Paul is writing about in Ephesians 6.
Paul is writing to remind us to put on the "every piece of God's armor" in order to withstand the battles and temptations that are thrown against us during our daily walks. This is not shiny golden armor that has been found to be the most reliable or dependable. This is the armor that is made up of the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit.
As a worship leader, when I think about getting battle ready, I am reminded of how they sent the worshippers in first and how it was important for them to be equipped and ready for whatever the opposing army brought to the battle field and that they fought with what they knew. They led warriors into battle with songs of truth.
Every one of us falls into the category of "worshipper". None of us are excluded from being a part of the praise and worship that God asks of us. God has called every one of us to worship and praise continuously!
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name." Hebrews 13:15
In order to do this, the belt of truth is one of the most important parts of the armor to remember. How are we able to lead others onto the battlefield with confidence and boldness without knowing the truth about who God has called us to be and what God has called us to do? Being able to live in the truth that God has called us to is not easy without knowing what it is that He actually wants and expects from us. To fight the battle that is our daily life, we must remind ourselves to lead with worship that is informed by truth.
In John 4:24 it says "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the spirit and in truth."
Without the belt of truth, our worship cannot and will not be given in the fullness that is expected from God. We must equip ourselves with the belt of truth in order to completely surrender our continuous worship to the Lord.
So my challenge to you today, is to ask God to reveal the truth that He has for you and then in turn ask Him what it looks like for you to live a life of worship with the belt of truth secured around you.
Author | Morgan Attebery